Festival Year: 2023

Molly Kawahata

Roles: Panelist

Molly Kawahata is the Founder of Systemic Impact Strategies, a strategy and communications consultancy, and a former Climate Advisor to the Obama White House. She is the subject of Patagonia’s film, The Scale of Hope, which shares her story, her work to reframe the climate narrative, her passion for alpine climbing, and her journey living with Bipolar 2 Disorder. Molly previously worked on Google’s energy team, where she helped launch the 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact in partnership with the UN — a global coalition of governments, companies, and organizations on a collective mission to decarbonize electric grids to absolute zero. She regularly does podcasts, keynotes, and talks to help an array of audiences improve their communications and focus their work on systemic climate action. She is an Advisory Board Member to the Environmental Voter Project, a Member in Residence with See Change, and an Advisory Council Member to the AAPI Victory Fund. Outside of work, Molly loves ice climbing and can usually be found at her local crag or in the mountains.


2023 Program(s):

The Scale of Hope

The Forum: Accountability in Environmental Film


Festival Year: 2023